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The Force is Strong: Space Lasers Are Helping Researchers Map The Amazon in 3D
Since 2018, the GEDI mission has employed lasers on the International Space Station to measure the biomass density of forests on Earth. The information helps us understand how deforestation contributes to worsening climate change via increases in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. In the Amazon rainforest, data from the mission have highlighted specific areas that could benefit from carbon-based conservation.
This 12-Year-Old Saved Her Two Brothers From a House Fire
Heroic Emily Neufeld stepped up to the plate when her home caught fire, saving her siblings and pets in the process! The 12-year-old Manitoba girl showed incredible bravery when she smelled something strange coming from downstairs. Without hesitating, she ran upstairs and grabbed her two brothers - 8-year old Jamie and 4-year old Levi - and all their pets. Emily credits a babysitting course for preparing her with the necessary tips on fire safety which allowed her family to make it out of their home safe and sound.
How Ukuleles Helped Rewild a Tropical Forest in Hawai'i
Joe and Kristen Souza, who run the Kanile'a Ukulele company in Hawai'i, have launched a forest restoration project to save the koa tree, the wood they use to craft their ukuleles. The couple were inspired to plant a koa tree for every ukulele they built, and in 2014, purchased a 39-hectare property and launched their own NGO called Saving Hawaii's Forests to restore the degraded land to its biodiverse tropical forest state. Despite the challenges, the couple have since rewilded the area and lured back threatened species.
Meet the Grandmas Kicking Stereotypes on the Soccer Field
A group of grandmothers from South Africa, known as Vakhegula Vakhegula, jogged into a stadium to cheers for the first match of the Grannies International Football Tournament. The tournament will see at least 15 teams from South Africa and other countries compete, including teams from as far away as France and the United States. The team was formed in 2007 to improve the health of local women. The women on the team enjoy playing soccer and staying active, with one player saying she no longer needs medication for arthritis since she started playing.
Actor Orlando Bloom Surprised Children in Ukraine With a Special Visit
Orlando Bloom recently visited Kyiv, Ukraine to show his support for children in need. The charismatic actor shared a few smiles and inspirational stories with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Unicef as well! During the visit, Bloom got a chance to step into kids' shoes—literally—and they were definitely beaming with joy after spending some quality time with him. He was truly moved by their courage and strength, describing them as absolutely “awe-inspiring”.
55 Years Later, a Soldier Has Returned a Lost Diary Back to Its Home
In heartwarming news, U.S. veteran Peter Mathews has returned the diary of a fallen Vietnamese soldier to his family after nearly 55 years. Mathews found the diary of Cao Van Tuat, filled with poetry and artwork, while serving in the army in 1967 and spent years searching for Tuat's family. After translating some pages and posting details on social media, local authorities in Vietnam confirmed the diary belonged to Tuat. Mathews and his wife traveled over 24 hours to Vietnam to return the diary to Tuat's family, who were grateful to have it.
Renewably Generated Electricity Surpassed Coal for the First Time in the US
Great news for renewable energy in the US! According to the US Energy Information Administration, for the first time ever, electricity generated from renewable sources exceeded that created by coal in 2022. This drop in coal-fired electricity generation, from 23% to 20%, was accompanied by an increase in wind and solar energy, which rose from 12% to 14%. Experts predict that this trend will continue, with further growth in renewable energy and decline in coal-generated electricity.
A New NASA Mission to Saturn's Moon Could Discover the Clues to Life's Origins
NASA's Dragonfly drone is set to launch in 2027 to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Equipped with a full suite of scientific instruments, Dragonfly will be NASA's first interplanetary rotorcraft-lander probe, capable of flying several miles between geological points of interest on Titan's surface. Its mission is to test Titan's properties, atmospheric composition, and the chemical makeup of its differing liquid bodies. Scientists hope to find clues to the origins of life on Earth by studying Titan's environment and chemical markers.
New Research Shows Strong Friendships May Be the Key to Good Health
Good friends might have more to offer than just a laugh! A recent study suggests that positive experiences in relationships can decrease our stress, and improve our coping strategies and physical health. Research has found that connecting with your closest pals could even reduce your blood pressure under stress. So give a call or reach out to old acquaintances- you may be surprised by the joy it brings – not only emotionally, but physically too!
A Group of Puppies Are Recovering After Being Rescued From the Cold
Four puppies are recovering with love at a Winnipeg dog rescue group after they were rescued in the nick of time near La Salle! Covered in fleas and nearly frozen, these 18-week old pups were found snuggled up together in a box. Thanks to the Good Samaritan who spotted them and took them to Pembina Veterinary Hospital, they're now safe & cozy with their foster family while they receive the care they so desperately needed.
Scientists Have Created a Colorful Film That Help Keep Cars and Buildings Cool
Say goodbye to AC units & hello to bright, iridescent colors! Researchers just invented a plant-based film that uses passive daytime radiative cooling (PDRC) - no electricity needed; it gets cooler when exposed to sunlight. Plus, the scientists found a way for this eco-friendly material to come in all sorts of textures & vivid hues. Cool down buildings, cars and other structures without guilt—all with an easy installation process!